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Why Whip? Interesting Edgings to Enhance Your Rugs!

Sarah McNamara

Sarah McNamara, Greenport, NY

Dates:  Morning – Friday, August 18, 2017
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 12 noon  
Class Fee: $60.00 / Sauder Village Members $50.00  
Supply Fee: See below - payable to teacher at the beginning of class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Left
Teacher’s Website:


We’ll start this class with a brief discussion on the more traditional finishing techniques such as folded, whipped, braided, and crocheted techniques. Sarah will bring examples of each for you to see. Then she will teach her 3 favorite edgings: picot, roping, and standing wool squiggles. She will demonstrate how to create and attached these techniques, which students will apply to small projects.

Prior to class, students will hook three small mats, approximately 4” x 4”. You can either design your own projects or select one of Sarah’s kits --- which can be ordered in advance. Sarah will give you instructions, when she contacts you, on what needs to been done prior to class. In class, students will be applying each of the 3 finishing techniques to their hooked projects. All 3 techniques are sewn on, so anyone adverse to hand stitching might not enjoy the class.

These creative and fun finishes will give your rugs a new dimension and lots of Pizzazz!  

Patriotic Flag Hooked Rug by Sarah McNamara

Teacher will contact students prior to class:

Level:  Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge & experience.    

Supply/Kit description:  Choice of 4” x 4” squares or 3” x 8” rectangles patterns on linen, pre-cut # 8 wool strips, needles, thread, and hemming directions.

Students Need to Bring:  3 hooked mats, extra strips of wool that match your mats, and scissors.


Sarah taught herself rug hooking with her grandmother’s hook and frame in 1990. She went on to take classes from local teachers and at rug schools throughout the northeast, but quickly decided to create her own designs and dye her own wool. After a class called Historic Rugs, Sarah began incorporating other styles of rag rug making into her hooked rugs, giving traditional techniques a new twist. These techniques, along with a dislike for whipping the edges of rugs, led her to devise new and interesting ways to finish hooked rugs.

Sarah has exhibited her rugs in shows throughout the northeast, including a solo show in Syosset, New York.  Her work has been included in several books, and she has written about rug hooking on her blog, The Paisley Studio: Writing about Rug Hooking, and for The Wool Street Journal. She founded The Paisley Studio in 2005, selling her hand-drawn rug hooking and miniature needle punch patterns, hand-dyed wool and finished rugs.

Sarah teaches in her home studio and at Hallockville Museum Farm. She is a founding member of the Peconic Ruggers, and is a member of ATHA and Surface Design Association and TAFA.

Specialties:  Creativity, Design, Innovative Techniques, Hand Stitching

BIO:  Susan L. Feller designs patterns for Ruckman Mill Farm and is a juried Fine Craftsman at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Included in three Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs issues and a judge, her work has been juried into several contemporary Hooked Art collections. Author of Design Basics for Rug Hookers, Stackpole Books 2011 her advice has helped many create their own “Great rug.” Her blog provides lessons on process along with product.


Involved in promoting the traditions carried on by artistic contemporaries, Susan teaches and lectures worldwide, and is a member of TIGHR, McGown and Surface Design.


SPECIALTIES:  Rug pattern designing and fiber manipulating techniques including hooked, punched, needle felted, and dimensional collage, and picture framer.